Nursing Care operating room – Mobile Implementation Officer (m/f/x) – MSF Belgium

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Nursing Care operating room – Mobile Implementation Officer (m/f/x) – MSF Belgium

The context

MSF nurses make up around half of the healthcare workforce, they play a critical role in delivering person-centred care and nursing is a key cross-cutting component of care. Within hospitals, MSF has a wide range and volume of activities often with increasing technical and organizational complexity. The MSF operational center in Brussels wants to ensure adequate, sustained, efficient and quality nursing care in all MSF interventions in relation to surgical activities and related hospital functions. The Mobile Implementer (MIO) specifically helps project teams implement nursing activities and/or build knowledge of existing staff in patient management. The emphasis is on standardisation, simplification and on what MSF considers to be “the essentials”, which includes organizational aspects, the hospital environment, ancillary services and diagnostics.

Scope of responsibilities

The MIO will work closely with key counterparts in the project and operations, as well as nursing, surgical and anesthesia referents to assess and prioritize quality improvement activities of the clinical and organizational aspects of nursing care in relationship with the work of the operating room (OT) and their associated interactions.

This means that the MIO will support projects for:

  • Assess the quality of care with a focus on patient safety primarily in the operating theatre, post-anesthesia care unit and/or recovery room against best practices, protocols and guidelines as per MSF recommendations (including use of the Aldrete rating system).
  • Evaluate and improve patient flow and transfer (ISBAR) with surgeons and OT manager
  • Optimize patient care mapping and documentation, including organization, collection and analysis of surgical activity data, with a focus on nursing indicators
  • Ensure instruments and equipment are used as recommended and accountability for consumables is accurate during surgery
  • In collaboration with surgical and anesthetist referents, assess medical supplies and equipment to maintain relevant project standard lists and inventories, as well as forecast requirements for timely ordering
  • Optimize the planning and organization of nursing-related activities, including workforce planning, onboarding and integration of new occupational therapy nurses.
  • Maintain an effective interaction between the occupational therapist and the emergency, intensive care and hospitalization services.
  • Ensure the OT block is well prepared for the project’s mass casualty plan, including effective communication during an incident as well as sensitizing the OT team to new/unforeseen emergencies.
  • Ensure that teams have access to relevant training for nursing staff (support with necessary mentions)
  • Develop prioritized and phased implementation strategies that will also allow monitoring and evaluation of EO nursing care (in collaboration with the nursing referent).

The MIO will also support projects through:

  • Analyze development needs; mentoring and coaching of nurses, providing targeted training directly and supporting a training schedule for the operating room and related recovery room and sterilization services
  • Support the implementation of new protocols, guidelines and nursing-related medical devices/materials in priority areas, using a horizontal approach
  • Write nursing care action plans (through a participatory approach) and visit reports that have an overall strategy, precise objectives, clear priorities and identified tools for the proper deployment of the strategy
  • Ensure that all nurses in supported projects have access to and can use standard resources from the Nursing Task Force SharePoint library (Manual of Nursing Care Procedures) with guidance on how to contextualize strategies and tools for skills development
  • Work closely with the Infection Prevention Control team, to assess and establish IPC best practices for disinfection, sterilization and aseptic techniques, as well as use and audit against checklists standard to ensure universal compliance with IPC measurements.
  • Promote training and tools for patient safety and quality improvement, with a focus on medication safety as well

In addition, the MIO:

  • Remain flexible to identify and support other nursing needs
  • Support the community of practice for peer support among nurses
  • Contribute to the development and revision of guidelines and policies as required

Place in the organization

  • The Nursing MIO is supported and managed by the Nursing referent.
  • The MIO will liaise with the surgery, anesthesia, intensive and critical care referents, the IPC team, hospital management and operational colleagues from headquarters, coordination and projects. They will directly support OT nursing supervisors/managers at the project level and provide transparency with relevant colleagues remotely.


Education experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing is required
  • Occupational Therapy Nursing Diploma or Occupational Therapy Nurse/Perioperative Nursing Certification is an asset
  • A recent professional experience of at least 4 years as a circulating nurse in a general and orthopedic surgery operating theater is required. Additional experience in gynecological and/or trauma surgery is an asset.
  • Experience and training in post-anaesthesia care is desirable
  • 4 years of professional field experience with MSF or a comparable organization in low-resource settings or humanitarian settings (excluding internships) is required
  • Demonstrable skills in teaching, learning, mentoring and quality improvement are required

Personal and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work within agreed deadlines and ability to prioritize and organize activities/tasks
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills
  • Ability and willingness to take initiative, work independently, come up with innovative ideas and find pragmatic solutions
  • Good team spirit and strong management skills
  • Ability to influence and persuade
  • Good communication skills: active listening, clear and effective communication, sense of diplomacy

Other requirements

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is required and other languages ​​are a strong asset (especially French or Arabic)
  • Willingness to travel overseas under difficult conditions in some insecure and remote locations


  • Expected start date: October 1, 2022
  • Location
  • : Brussels or any other MSF Operational Center Brussels hub,
  • Type of contract: Fixed-term contract
  • Contract duration: 12 months
  • Full time
  • Up to 70% of the time in the field
  • Adhere to MSF principles and our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Responsibility, Trust and Empowerment

Adhere to MSF behavioral commitments

The contractual conditions will be established according to the country of domicile/residence and the place where the candidate will be based and in compliance with MSF’s standard function and salary grids.

The final outcome depends on local legal limitations (residency, work permit, visa, etc.) and agreement with the host MSF office in those locations.

Application deadline: September 11, 2022

How to register

Please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] mentioning “In charge of mobile implementation of nursing care in the operating room” in the subject of your e-mail.

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